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 Post subject: Match Reports: Wolves v Sunderland 09/12/17 15:00
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Top v virtually bottom.

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https://www.safc.com/news/opinion/2017/december/media-mash-up-v-wolves

Pundits' previews

Media mash-up continues as James Hunter, Richard Mennear and Paul Fraser pen their pre-match thoughts ahead of Sunderland’s trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The trio share their thoughts on the Sky Bet Championship clash, pinpoint the areas in which the game will be won and lost – and much more…


Richard Mennear (@RichMennearJP) – Sunderland Echo

Sunderland, injury-ravaged and without the suspended Callum McManaman, face the daunting trip to league leaders Wolves this weekend. Nuno Espirito Santo's side are top of the Championship, 10 points clear of third place and Premier League-bound. They are the league's top scorers with 41 goals and boast the second meanest defence. For Sunderland, struggling at the wrong end of the table, it will prove a huge ask to come away with anything from Molineux given the players unavailable to Chris Coleman. Bryan Oviedo and Paddy McNair the latest players added to the lengthy casualty list with Didier Ndong, Duncan Watmore, Lamine Kone and Jonny Williams all out. All of those players would be in the starting line-up if fit. James Vaughan returns to bolster the forward options after serving a one-game ban but McManaman misses out through suspension. Coleman has to decide whether to unleash Joel Asoro from the off or keep him on the bench, he has done well in his three sub appearances so far. A tough afternoon in store but Coleman will be hoping for back-to-back away wins.

James Hunter (@JHunterChron) – The Chronicle

After the euphoria surrounding Chris Coleman's first win at Burton Albion, last weekend's defeat against Reading was a reminder that Sunderland still have a lot to do to climb out of trouble. And tomorrow's trip to Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers will be their toughest test yet, as they face a team that has won nine of its last 10 league games, is four points clear at the top of the table, and ten points clear of third place. Sunderland's chances of springing a surprise at Molineux are hampered by a lengthy injury list and the suspension of Callum McManaman, and Coleman will have to adopt a more cautious approach against the division's top scorers. You can never say never, but this looks like an exercise in damage limitation.

Paul Fraser (@paulfraserecho) – The Northern Echo

At least Sunderland are on their travels again, there must be a wish that every game takes place away from the Stadium of Light at the moment. It is important the lift Chris Coleman has given to the supporters and players alike since his appointment does no go to completely to waste after last weekend's horror show against Reading. Being reduced to ten men certainly didn't help against the Royals, but the manner of the second half performance disappointed Coleman and everyone else connected with the Black Cats. Now to the league leaders, Wolves. In many respects Molineux is the worst place for a struggling side to go because the Wolves are flying and on course for the Premier League. However, this could be a blessing for Sunderland. They have nothing to lose going there, with nobody expecting three points so maybe Coleman can deliver a surprise result. Sunderland could certainly do with a shock scoreline. Not only do they need to climb out of the bottom three, they also need a result that can repair fractured confidence. Defeating Wolves, or even avoiding defeat, would help that.

The views expressed within this article are the views of the individual contributors and not necessarily those of Sunderland AFC.


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https://www.safc.com/news/team-news/2017/december/team-news-v-wolves

Something to say:
Coleman ready to call on youngsters


Chris Coleman will be without Bryan Oviedo, Paddy McNair and a host of others when Sunderland travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, but the Welshman believes the club’s youngsters are ready to step up and fill the void.

Joel Asoro has caught the eye in recent weeks and Josh Maja is also waiting in the wings following a return to training, with Coleman rebuffing any concerns about their ability – both mentally and physically – as he seeks to guide his injury-laden squad through the festive period.

On Saturday, the Welshman and the Black Cats arguably face their biggest test of the campaign with a trip to Molineux to face league-leaders Wolves on the horizon.

And although a number of first-team regulars will miss out, Coleman firmly believes the club’s young guns are more than ready to step and make their mark.

“After last Saturday, we’ve lost Bryan Oviedo for two to three weeks and it will probably be another week before Paddy McNair joins in,” said Coleman.

“Billy Jones joined in a light session today which is good news and so did Didier Ndong – they’re obviously nowhere near ready to play – but they came through okay.”

He continued: “If we look forward it’ll give some of the younger players a taste of it.

“Young Joel Asoro came on last week and did very, very well and he did well in the game before, but the problem with Joel is that he had a really bad fall at the end of the [Reading] game.

“He clunked his head and hasn’t trained all week so we’ve had to be very careful, although he did train today – it was a light session – and he’ll train tomorrow.

“Whether that’s enough for him to start is a different question, but this young man is confident and he won’t be put off even if he starts against Wolves and it won’t faze him.

“Mentally he’s ready and he’s shown good glimpses of his ability, and we also have Josh Maja to come back from injury and he’s a good young player.

“These boys have shown a little bit and I think they’ve got something to say, I really do.”


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I'm hoping for severe snow overnight in the West Midlands and Black Country. A postponement might give us time to get some of the first team fit enough to sit on the bench Vs Fulham whilst we unleash a large part of the U23s to show the seniors how to get a win at the SOL in 2017. Otherwise I think Les says it best. ;)


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Deja Vu?



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Deja Vu?


All over again!



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Sheep farmer wrote:
Les Miserable wrote:
Deja Vu?


All over again!


It just keeps happening.


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 Post subject: Re: Match Reports: Wolves v Sunderland 09/12/17 15:00
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/42205342

Championship leaders Wolves have record signing Ruben Neves available for the visit of Sunderland.

The Portugal midfielder sat out Monday's 1-0 win over Birmingham City after picking up his fifth booking of the season.

Sunderland are without forward Callum McManaman following his sending off in the Black Cats' defeat by Reading.

Bryan Oviedo (hamstring) and Paddy McNair (groin) are new absences, while Dider Ndong and Billy Jones remain out.

SAM's prediction
Home win 73% Draw 17% Away win 10%

SAM, the Sports Analytics Machine, is a super-computer built by @ProfIanMcHale of the University of Liverpool.


Match facts

  • Wolves have only lost one of their last 12 home league games against Sunderland - a 1-0 defeat in February 1998.
  • But Sunderland are unbeaten in their last eight matches against Wolves outside the top flight.
  • Leo Bonatini has had a hand in at least one goal in all 10 of his home Championship matches this season (eight goals, four assists).
  • Lewis Grabban has scored eight goals in his last eight league matches - more than the seven he scored in his previous 55 league appearances (including play-offs).
  • Of Wolves' overall total of 41 goals, they have found the net 20 times in the first half of Championship matches this season, more than any other side.
  • Sunderland have not won back to back away league matches since May 2014, when they beat Chelsea and Manchester United in the Premier League.


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 Post subject: Re: Match Reports: Wolves v Sunderland 09/12/17 15:00
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/live/football/42146270

The league table is here, to show the size of our challenge.

I want us to win today, but if we do

a). I will be delighted.

b). confused

c). angry that we have been so rubbish and then could go on to win against Wolves.

But I firmly expect to be none of the above.


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I'm not getting excited.



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Stripe me. 0-0 ---- who on earth would have thought it.

I may go on to become intoxicated tonight.

Is there hope?


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 Post subject: Re: Match Reports: Wolves v Sunderland 09/12/17 15:00
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http://www.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/football/teams/wolverhampton-wanderers/11163956/wolves-0-0-sunderland

Whole match highlights lasting less than 1.40. Sums it up. Well done the lads who went there today.



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And to think I wanted a postponement. Second clean sheet this month :D


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Les Miserable wrote:
http://www.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/football/teams/wolverhampton-wanderers/11163956/wolves-0-0-sunderland

Whole match highlights lasting less than 1.40. Sums it up. Well done the lads who went there today.



And "well done The Lads" full stop. Great effort to keep a clean sheet!



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http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/42205342

Championship leaders Wolves were held to a goalless draw by 10-man Sunderland at Molineux.

The hosts went into the game after six successive victories, but Leo Bonatini's missed effort was as close as they came in the opening 45 minutes.

The Black Cats were reduced to 10 men when midfielder Lee Cattermole was sent off after picking up two yellow cards in as many minutes.

Wolves pushed on for a winner but had to settle for a point.

Despite failing to extend their winning run, Nuno Espirito Santo's men are now eight points clear of third-placed Bristol City.

It seemed likely that they would go on to claim a seventh straight win when Black Cats midfielder Cattermole picked up a second yellow for a poor challenge on forward Diogo Jota.

However, both Ruben Neves and Ivan Cavaleiro were unable to make the most of chances as Sunderland held on for a vital point.

Chris Coleman's men remain in the relegation zone but are now just one point behind 20th-placed Bolton.

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo:

"It is disappointing because it is not the result we wanted but frustration, no, it is part of football.

"Victories are hard to achieve and we work hard to achieve that. The boys did everything. They kept trying. There was only one team looking for the three points.

"But I am not not frustrated and I'm conscious games like this will happen again and we have to find solutions. I'm not worried about the game plans of opponents."

Sunderland boss Chris Coleman:

"I told the players there were two things they could do, duck it or face it. I wouldn't advise ducking it because, even if you don't get what you want, at least you have a bit of peace of mind if you face the challenge.

"After last week where everything's going right and then we have a man sent off and end up losing 3-1 you could easily come here and crumble but we didn't do that.

"We have eight or nine players unavailable but it's about the boys who are available, ready and standing up for themselves and that's what they did."

Line-ups

Wolves

21 Ruddy
5 Bennett
16 Coady
15 Boly
2 Doherty
27 Saiss Substituted for N'Diaye at 68'minutes
8 Neves
3 Douglas Booked at 65 mins Substituted for Costa at 75'minutes
7 Cavaleiro
33 Bonatini
18 Jota

Substitutes


4 N'Diaye
6 Batth
17 Costa
19 Price
26 Enobakhare
29 Vinagre
31 Norris

Sunderland

25 Ruiter
22 Love Substituted for Galloway at 80'minutes
18 Browning Booked at 80mins
16 O'Shea
36 Wilson Booked at 51mins
21 Matthews
27 Gooch Substituted for Embleton at 90+1'minutes
6 Cattermole Booked at 62mins
24 Gibson
26 Honeyman Booked at 63mins
11 Grabban Substituted for Vaughan at 84'minutes

Substitutes


1 Steele
9 Vaughan
15 Galloway
19 McGeady
29 Asoro
31 Beadling
40 Embleton

Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
28,488


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https://www.safc.com/news/team-news/2017/december/wolves-a/highlights-wolves-v-sunderland

Video high???lights here.

I can't believe I am saying this but, they defended really well.


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https://www.safc.com/news/team-news/2017/december/wolves-a/coleman-post-wolves

Nice video - After Match Interview with Chris Coleman


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